America can still get it right


After being kicked around by Toyota for the past year-and-a-half, there was some good news for at least one US automaker yesterday. Ford


After being kicked around by Toyota for the past year-and-a-half, there was some good news for at least one US automaker yesterday. Ford won the most awards in the 2007 J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Quality Rankings survey beating out last year’s winner, you guessed it, Toyota.

Ford Motor Co. took the top prize in five of the survey’s 19 segments. The vehicles that won those segments were the Ford Mustang, Lincoln Mark LT, Lincoln MKZ, Mercury Milan and Mazda MX-5 Miata. Ford owns 33.4% of Mazda. Toyota saw a dramatic decrease in the number of categories it won this year. It only won four, compared to last year when it took the top spot in 11 categories.

Once again Porsche dominated the overall ranking of brands by averaging only 91 problems per 100 vehicles. It was followed by Toyota's Lexus brand, which averaged 94 problems per 100 vehicles and Ford's Lincoln brand with an average of 100 problems per 100 vehicles. Those numbers were considerably better than the 2007 industry average of 125 problems per 100 vehicles.

The study compiled responses from 97,000 buyers and lessees of new 2007 model year vehicles after 90 days of ownership.

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